This compelling book forces us to look at these terms afresh. Drawing on more than ten years of ethnographic fieldwork in Latin America, West Africa and South Asia, Don Slater seeks to challenge these terms as voicing specific northern narratives rather than universal truths, and to see them from the perspective of southern people and communities who are equally concerned to understand new machines for communication, new models of social change and new maps of social connection. The central question the book poses is: how we can democratize the ways we think and practise new media, development and globalization, opening these terms to dialogue and challenge within North-South relations?
Rooted in sociological debates, New Media, Development and Globalization will also be a provocative contribution to media and cultural studies, studies of digital culture, development studies, geography and anthropology.
1 Introduction: Frames and Dialogues 1
2 Communicative Ecology and Communicative Assemblages 27
3 Media Forms and Practices 68
4 Making Up the Future: New Media as the Material Culture of Development 99
5 Scaling Practices and Devices: Globalizing Globalization 130
6 Conclusion: Politics of Research: Forms of Knowledge, Participation and Generalization 155